Katie Ann Mcguigan spring/summer 2018 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week SS18
There is a concept in photography called “Leading Lines”. It’s based on how to effectively use lines in an image to direct the viewer’s eyes. That’s exactly how Katie Ann Mcguigan led our attention with graphics galore. It’s no wonder then that the designer draws her inspiration from the works of photographers. Geometrics, Aztecs and more on bright, rich leather – Katie’s was a bold and thoughtful collection.
The designer stuck to her signature, building on her previous outing in London with more summery hues and athleticism-inspired designs with a touch of femininity. A striking assortment of textures, patterns and layering, the collection offered an endless stream of wearable options – both in entirety and as separates.
Katie’s Irish origin was reflected in slouchy tops, elaborate skirts and long, fluid modest dresses meant to soften the body-con structure. However, laser-cut leather and mesh inserts helped retain a strong juxtaposition between relaxed and strong. It’s the sort of off-beat aesthetic that fashion would openly embrace.
An obvious exploration of art and geometry, Katie’s distinct design sensibilities are immediately attention grabbing. There was a wealth of ideas on display but within coherent theme. The real curveball, however, were the oversized graphic, leather bags and, of course, neon yellow heels with printed ruffle inserts that spelled out her vivid, print-primary world in the truest sense.
The only drawback is that attendees of the previous show would have definitely felt a sense of déjà vu for this appeared to be more like an extension than a fresh, new spin. That said, it’s a palatable collection for a modest dresser i.e. anyone who is fashion savvy in the today’s sartorial landscape.
Photos: Erol Birsen